2011 September Archive

Apple’s “Multi-touch” Trademark Application Rejected by the USPTO

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 30, 2011

California Trademark LawLos Angeles – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will not be granting Apple exclusive trademark rights for the term “multi-touch.” Read the rest »

Microsoft And Samsung Cross License Patents In Smartphone War

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 30, 2011

microsoft-200x132 Orange County – Microsoft has entered into an agreement to share several of its patents with South Korean based electronics company, Samsung, in an attempt to compete in the competitive smartphone war. Currently, the largest players in the smartphone market are Apple, makers of the iPhone and iPad, and Google,producers of the Android Operating System. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

American Water Receives Patent for Wastewater Treatment Process

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 29, 2011

water-glass-of-164x164 Orange County – American Water Works Company was recently issued U.S. Patent No. 8,012,352 for “Optimized Nutrient Removal from Wastewater.” The largest public water utility company in the United States, American Water employs over 8,000 people and services more than 16 million Americans in 32 states. American Water is confident that the new patented process will decrease the high energy costs of wastewater treatment and make the process more environmentally sustainable. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

UltimatePointer sues Nintendo for Patent Infringement Over Wii Controller

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 28, 2011

gamecube-200x150 Orange County – Nintendo Wii’s wireless controller is under attack in the Eastern District of Texas by UltimatePointer, LLC who alleges that the Wii’s wireless remote technology conflicts with its own patent, US Patent No.7,746,321. UltimatePointer alleges that its interactive direct-pointing technology has been infringed by Nintendo in the design and sale of the Wii wireless controller, which also employs interactive direct-pointing systems. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Jury Verdict Reinstated in Amazon “One-Click” Patent Infringement Case

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2011

amazon-200x132 Los Angeles – On Friday September 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reinstated a jury verdict in favor of Amazon regarding the Seattle based retailer’s “one-click” shopping system. The federal jury found that Amazon had infringed one of Cordance Corp’s patents, but that the patent was invalid to begin with. This ruling was set aside by the trial judge. Last Friday, the Federal Circuit overturned the ruling of the District Court judge in Delaware and reinstated the jury verdict finding that Cordance Corp’s patent infringement claims against Amazon were invalid. (Cordance Corp. v. Amazon.com Inc., 10-1502, 1545, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit). Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

United States now a “First to File” jurisdiction

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2011

phonograph1-200x132 Los Angeles – The America Invents Act, passed by the United States Senate 89-9 on Thursday September 22, 2011 and shortly after signed into law by President Barack Obama, has been described as a significant overhaul of the patent process. The Act is, in part, an effort to reduce the ever-increasing length of time between the initial filing of a patent application and the issuance of a patent by the USPTO. Signing the bill into law, President Obama noted that while Thomas Edison’s patent application for the phonograph was granted in seven weeks, the average application process today lasts three years. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Prioritized Examination of Patents Begins at the USPTO

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2011

USPTO-Image-164x164 Los Angeles – On September 26, 2011, the USPTO began accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent applications as a result of the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Google Urged to Settle with Oracle in Android Patent Case

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2011

iPhoneLos Angeles – A long-running patent infringement lawsuit between Oracle and Google is slated to go to trial in October, however the two parties have been ordered by a judge to come to an agreement beforehand. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Microsoft, Casio Ink Patent Licensing Deal Over Linux

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2011

linux-177x164 Los Angeles – Casio, an international electronic devices manufacturer, has signed a patent-licensing deal with Microsoft that will allow the company to continue selling products with the computer operating system Linux. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration